why Brunos father suspicious of kotler
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Lieutenant Kotler reveals that his father, a professor of literature, left the country in 1938 to go to Switzerland. This upsets Father, who suspects Lieutenant Kotler's father had "disagreements" with the way the country was headed in 1938, lumping him in with the "traitors" and "cowards" who had left to avoid the Nazis (147). Lieutenant Kotler makes a point of distancing himself from his father in the Commandant's eyes, insisting that "[we're] not close, my father and I" (146).